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5 Fun Facts About February 20 In New Mexico History

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1. In 1880, Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett killed notorious outlaw Billy the Kid in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
2. In 1943, the United States Army opened the Alamogordo Army Airfield in Alamogordo, New Mexico, which later became Holloman Air Force Base.
3. In 1977, New Mexico Governor Jerry Apodaca signed a bill legalizing casino gambling in the state, making it the first U.S. state to do so.
4. In 1986, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in New Mexico v. Mescalero Apache Tribe that the state could not tax the gambling revenues of a federally recognized Native American tribe.
5. In 2002, New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson signed a law creating the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, which oversees the development of Spaceport America, the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the United States.
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